About Mike

Hi! I'm from Brooklyn New York and am currently living in the Tokyo area as a teacher at an amazing school in Kanagawa. I'm currently working on textbook designs plus for language acquisition and loving it!

The Art of Charm

2016-12-06T05:51:15+00:00

The Art of Charm The Art of Charm podcast is so much more than it may seem on the surface. Even I made the mistake of thinking this was a "pickup artists" thing where they teach you to get chicks. Wow was [...]

Inside Quest

2016-12-13T00:44:35+00:00

Inside Quest Inside Quest is one of the best podcasts available today. We are inundated with information all day long. Through Facebook and Twitter, TV and the thousand and one other sources of input that are available to us today. [...]

Teaching Business English

2016-12-03T23:31:53+00:00

Teaching Business English by Mark Ellis and Christine Johnson. Teaching Business English was a great help to me in my teaching and could be for you as well. A colleague recommended this book to me recently. He claimed it was [...]

Calm

2016-12-14T02:57:33+00:00

Calm Calm is a simple meditation app that can greatly improve your mood, focus, mindfulness and awareness. Plus it's free to try and well worth the time spent using it. What worked for me In my case, I was never [...]

Carol Dweck

2016-12-02T01:03:19+00:00

Carol Dweck has done some amazing research into teaching, student feedback and most importantly the mindsets that lead to better learning and success. She is someone worth knowing about because her research results are simply amazing. In my case, they opened [...]

ESL Pod

2016-12-12T03:22:05+00:00

ESL Pod I haven't spent much time with ESL pod. It's the funny thing about being an English teacher, there are often great resources out there that I don't engage with simply because a. there are so many of them [...]

Leslie Patricelli

2016-12-11T00:14:27+00:00

Leslie Patricelli We don't really celebrate Easter here and I'm not wild about giving my son tons of candy but having grown up with it, I know how fun it can be. This year our little Easter celebration was livened [...]

Tim Ferriss

2016-11-29T04:25:08+00:00

The Tim Ferris Experiment Tim Ferriss is a ton of fun and if you haven't heard of him yet I'm glad to introduce you. He's an amazing guy with a growth mindset out to learn the skills that will take him to [...]

Zombie Cup Blaster

2016-11-24T23:25:47+00:00

  Zombie cup blasters is a simple game, blast the zombies, but don’t blast the survivors.  (Huge thanks to my coworker John for introducing this. He’s SO good with games it's scary.) How to play Print these images, laminate them and [...]

Getting The Most Out of Lessons

2016-12-01T02:57:14+00:00

Getting the most from lessons How do you guarantee students are actually getting the most from lessons they take and that they follow up on what you practice?In my case many of my private students neither need or want to follow a [...]